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POST CARDS FROM PALESTINE ca1921

Post Cards from a Holy Land
Shlomo Narinsky (1885-1960) an artist-photographer, an illustrator and a painter, came to Israel on the second Aliyah wave, and was among the social circle of David Ben-Gurion and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. On the early 20th century, he photographed landscapes and people from the early days in Israel. His wife, Sonia Narinsky, was his Studio's partner and was a photographer herself.
Born in the district of Korsakov in South Russia (today's Ukraine) Shlomo studied art and specialized in painting in Moscow. From 1904-1905 he lived in Paris and Berlin, where he studied painting and photography. A short time after returning to Russia he moved to Israel and settled in Jerusalem, where he established with Yaacov Houtimsky a photography studio by the name of "United Photography". Narinsky was in touch with artists of Bezalel, with people from the theatre and the literary world who were acquainted with Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. During the first years in Israel he photographed postcards of landscapes, sites and portraits. Most of the picture series were sold to a print and publishing house of the Jamal brothers in Jerusalem. In 1918 and throughout the 20's the publishing house continued to produce those pictures as postcards.
In 1916 the Narinskys were banished to Egypt by the Turks because they were subjects of an enemy country, Russia, which was at war against Turkey in WWI. The couple continued their photographic activities among the Eretz Israel migrant community in Alexandria and Cairo. Sonia took pictures of local women who would not pose for male photographers and became a known and well-appreciated photographer in Egypt. After the British won, the couple returned to Israel, and Sonia photographed additional postcards for Jamal's publishing house with tri-lingual captions she wrote in Hebrew, Arabic and English.
Between the two world wars, Narinsky lived and worked in Europe. He dealt with illustration, painting and photography and in 1932 opened a studio with Sonia in Paris. With the occupation of France by the Nazis in WW II, Narinsky was arrested in Drancy, a Nazi deportation center. Sonia contacted Ben-Gurion and Ben-Zvi to help secure Narinsky's release by the British. The British included him in an exchange deal for which a few of the camps' Jews released for Germans residing in Israel at the time.
Upon their return to Israel, the couple settled in Kibbutz Ein Harod. In the 50's they moved to Haifa and Narinsky worked as a photography teacher in Wizo High School in Haifa where he worked until he died in 1960.
His pictorial style is influenced by European photographers of the 19th century, who presented Eretz-Israel in the spirit of the holy scripts and the crusaders, romantic and exotic. However the context of his pictures does not always abide to the style, and many times there is a 'gap' between the soft light and the austerity of the photographed themes. These gaps are also seen in the captions in various languages printed at the back of the pictures.
#300416 Old Jerusalem. The Holy Land. 1910-1921. Photogravures by Narinsky, S.
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Group of 114 photogravures of holy sites, people, Jews, Christians, Bedouins, historical ruins, scenes of nature and every day life, and cityscapes. Each image has title and the reproduced signature of S. Narinsky. Unsigned # 53 and # 86, # 98 is signed in Hebrew. Most images measure 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (140 x 89 mm) each applied to 8.5 x 11 inches cardstock sheet.

The set stored in gilt-stamped box. Jerusalem: Jamal Bros., 1921. This collection includes 114 photogravures from #1 to #118. Missing are ## 82, 106, 108 and 111.

Collection also includes a set of 108 postcards corresponding to the gravures. Missing ## 4, 30, 34, 49, 58, 82, 106, 108, 111, and 116.
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$4,500.00
#300417 Group of 104 different Narinsky postcards of holy sites, personalities, Jews, Christians, Bedouins, historical ruins, scenes of nature, and cityscapes numbered from #1 to #118.
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Missing ## 2, 4, 30, 34, 49, 58, 79, 82, 90, 98, 106, 108, 111, and 116.
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#22c POST CARD No.22 Mint condition, Palestine
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An Orthodox Jew of Jerusalem (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#24c POST CARD No.24 Mint condition, Palestine
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A Yemenite Jew Chief in Jerusalem (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#26c POST CARD No.26 Mint condition, Palestine
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Flocks by the shore of the Sea of Galilee (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#28c POST CARD No.28 Mint condition, Palestine
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Brook Cherith near Jericho (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#29c POST CARD No.29 Mint condition, Palestine
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Palms at the foot of Mount Carmel (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#32c POST CARD No.32 Mint condition, Palestine
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Wild sweet lemons at Ain Fara, a tributary of Brook Cherith (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#36c POST CARD No.36 Mint condition, Palestine
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The Dead Sea (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#39c POST CARD No.39 Mint condition, Palestine
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On the way to Bethlehem(also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#43c POST CARD No.43 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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A native Jew of Jerusalem(also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#44c POST CARD No.44 Mint condition, Arabia
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Ibn El Sioud Bedouins(also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#46c POST CARD No.46 Mint condition, Bethlehem Palestine
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The Basilica (Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem) (also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#47c POST CARD No.47 Mint condition, Palestine
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A Beduin in his happy mood (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#48c POST CARD No.48 Mint condition, Palestine
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A 110 years old Jew in Tiberias (also in Arabic and Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#57c POST CARD No.57 Mint condition, Jerusalem Palestine
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Steps leading to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre(also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#61c POST CARD No.61 Mint condition, Jerusalem Palestine
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The Mosque El-Aksa(also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#63c POST CARD No.63 Mint condition, Jerusalem Palestine
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The Fountain of Khalifa Omar (also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#64c POST CARD No.64 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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The Interior of the Golden Gate (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#72c POST CARD No.74 Mint condition, Palestine
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The Mosque of Omar and the mountains of Moab (also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#74c POST CARD No.74 Mint condition, Bethlehem
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The Chapel of the slaughter of the Infants (also in Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#75c POST CARD No.75 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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Absalom's Pillar and Mary's well(also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#76c POST CARD No.75 Mint condition, Palestine
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An old stone -well in the Wildeness of Judea(also in Hebrew and Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#81c POST CARD No.81 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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The tombs of St. James and Zacharias in the Valley of Jehoshaphat(also in Arabic)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#85c POST CARD No.85 Mint condition, Jerusalem Palestine
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The site where the Crown of Thorns was placed upon Christ's Head(also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#88c POST CARD No.88 Mint condition, Palestine
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Mountain view of Sea of Galilee and surroundings (also in Arabic and Hebrew)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#97c POST CARD No.97 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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A monastery in the rocks, Kedron Valley (also in Arabic and Hebrew)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#100c POST CARD No.100 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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Ain Karim, the birth place of St. John the Baptist (also in Arabic and Hebrew)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#105c POST CARD No.105 Mint condition, Jaffa
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House of Simon the Tanner (also in Arabic and Hebrew)
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#109c POST CARD No.109 Mint condition, Jerusalem
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David's Tower (also in Arabic )
Phot. S. Narinsky (also in Hebrew)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#112c POST CARD No.112 Slightly worn corners otherwise like mint, Jerusalem Palestine
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Pool Hezekiah (also in Arabic )
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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#115c POST CARD No.115 Mint condition, Jerusalem Palestine
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Cadi Burhan • ed • din's pulpit(also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#118c POST CARD No.118 Mint condition, Bethlehem Palestine
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Interior Church of the Nativity(also in Arabic)
Publ. & copyright by Jamal Bros, Jerusalem (Palestine). 1921
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$10.00
#440200 Sterling silver Kiddush cup with decoration and name "Shoshana" in Hebrew engraved on it and STERLING impressed on the bottom rim. 123 mm tall, 61 mm in diameter 53.2 gram
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$95.00
#440201 Sterling silver Kiddush cup with decoration including a star of David engraved on it and 84-STERLING impressed on the bottom rim. 150 mm tall, 68 mm in diameter 104 gram, small dent on the bottom rim
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$195.00
#530058 ND, Israeli Sterling silver Kiddush cup with 3 multicolor enamel medallions with last words of the blesing over vine: Boreh Pri HaGeffen ( Blessed is the fruit of the vine) inscription, Hallmarked inside the bottom of the bowl, 145 mm x 81 mm x 55 mm , Wght: 126 g
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$250.00
#530059 ND, Israeli Sterling silver pair of small Shabbat candlesticks, hallmarked STERLING and BEN-ZION ISRAEL around it inside the candle holder, 62 mm x 27 mm x 62 mm, Wght: 70 g,
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$150.00
#530061 ND, American Sterling silver pair of Shabbat candles by V BROS, known for making object for Jewish ceremonial use. Marked V BROS / STERLING / REINFORCED / WITH CEMENT / 295 / 10 on the bottom, 260 mm tall 98 mm x 800 bottom, Wght: 722 g total with filling
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$200.00
#30h2019 ND, Sterling silver bracelet with Gottex quartz watch by Avi Soffer, hallmarked ISRAEL/925/AVI SOFFER/LOGO in 4 lines. Gorgeous design by well known jewelry artist
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$150.00
#540133 ND, Yemenite silver Tzedakah box with filigree design in nonagonal shape with word "Tzedakah" in Hebrew letter on two panels. One of the most important pactice that a Jew can follow is to give charity (known in Hebrew as Tzedakah/ to those, who need it the most), 135mm high, 110mm in width and weights 378 grams
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$1,200.00
#540134 ND, .800 silver amulet with Star of David with two Hebrew initials in the center and 6 small Stars of David in the corners on obverse and floral vignette with two initials and 800 mark below. Everything is hand engraved. This antique Jewish item with German hallmarks has a possible tragic story behind it.
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$150.00
#540135 Vintage, ORT (Oбщecтbo Peмecлeннoгo Tpyдa, Obshchestvo Remeslennogo Truda International Jewish organization also known as Rehabilitation through Training) Sterling silver and turquoise brooch marked STERLING and CMW on the back, 41mm x 45mm and weighs 9.7 grams, scarce and important brooch
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$45.00
#540136 ND, Vintage Sterling silver Shabbat match book cover with traditional Shabbat symbols 2 candles, challah bread and "In Honor of the Holly Shabbat" written in Hebrew, marked 925 on front lower right, 40mm wide, 53mm long, 20mm tall and weighs 25.7 grams
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$75.00

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